Domestic Settler Colonialism in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Old Tar’ and ‘The Garden Party’

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Title: Domestic Settler Colonialism in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Old Tar’ and ‘The Garden Party’
Authors: Kuster, Megan
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Date: Aug-2020
Online since: 2020-09-08T10:18:48Z
Abstract: Focusing on the domestic ideals of settler colonialism, this essay provides an analysis of Katherine Mansfield’s representations of house and home in several of her New Zealand short stories. The first part of the essay considers Mansfield’s use of Gothic tropes to represent settler-Indigenous spatial relations in the story ‘Old Tar’ (1913), suggesting that the dread-tinged colonial house challenges settler colonial ideas about land-tenure and inheritance. The second part of the essay discusses the development of second-generation settler identities, analysing Mansfield’s representations of class in the context of settler spatial relations in ‘The Garden Party’ (1921). The essay’s broader claim is that ‘Old Tar’ and ‘The Garden Party’ challenge the domestic ideals of settler colonialism by showing the unpleasant realities of settler patriarchy and the racialised, gendered, and class-based underpinnings of second-generation settler sociability and culture.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Journal: Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society
Issue: 4
Start page: 48
End page: 59
Keywords: Katherine MansfieldThe Garden PartyOld TarSettler colonialismDomesticityColonial GothicSecond-generation settler culture
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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